Collins McNicholas sold in management buyout by three senior executives

Founder of Collins McNicholas Colman Collins (left) with the three new owners Antoinette O’Flaherty, Michelle Murphy and Niall Murray (ltr) who have announced an MBO of the recruitment company.

Founder of Collins McNicholas Colman Collins (left) with the three new owners Antoinette O’Flaherty, Michelle Murphy and Niall Murray (ltr) who have announced an MBO of the recruitment company.

Collins McNicholas, one of Ireland’s most respected and long-established recruitment and HR services companies has been sold in a management buy-out (MBO ) that will see the firm taken over by its three most senior executives.

Colman Collins, who has now sold his shareholding, co-founded the company, which has offices in Galway, Dublin, Athlone, Sligo and Cork, 25 years ago. The MBO team comprises three senior members of the management team – Galway-native Michelle Murphy, Niall Murray and Antoinette O’Flaherty.

Colman Collins will step down as Managing Director and will be replaced in that capacity by Niall Murray. Fellow MBO members Antoinette O’Flaherty and Michelle Murphy are being appointed as directors and will continue in their present roles.

Collins McNicholas assists some of the leading employers in Ireland to recruit and develop talent. Over the past 25 years it has become a trusted recruitment partner to a large number of organisations from multinationals to SMEs. Colman Collins will act as a Management Consultant to the company and will continue as a board member. Padraic White, former managing director of IDA Ireland, will continue as Chairman.

Niall, Michelle, Antoinette are all long-serving employees each having over 15 years’ experience in the business. In a joint statement, they said: “As the new owners we are 100 per cent committed to staying true to the values and the ethos that has served us so well over the past 25 years.

“We have ambitious plans for the business. We are committed to growing the business and see great opportunities for us to grow each office and further develop our HR Services business.

“We are delighted that Colman will remain on the Board and act as a Management Consultant to the new team during the coming transitional year. “We are committed to good governance and are very pleased that Padraic White will remain as Chairman.”

The MBO is a vote of confidence in the business - with three of his longest serving managers completing the deal. Niall Murray, Michelle Murphy and Antoinette O’ Flaherty have all been with the business for over 15 years and have all been promoted into senior management roles in the past.

Paying tribute to the new team, Colman Collins said: “I am delighted to be in a position to sell my shareholding to the MBO team as I believe this is the best way to ensure that the company retains the same value system and ethos that has characterised its operations since the company was established in 1990 with Val McNicholas.” Padraic White said: “It is a source of pride to all concerned that key members of the management team will continue the commitment to high standards as a result of this harmonious management buy-out. As Chairman of the company, I look forward to assisting in the realisation of the MBO team’s ambitions for the future growth of the company.”

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